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Case Studies and why you should consider fitting a roof alarm at your church.

PIRContinuing the fight against metal theft

We have seen thefts and theft attempts rising and therefore we think it is important to stress that whilst metal theft has reduced, it has not gone away and the latest figures suggest that incidences of metal theft from church roofs are still significantly higher than they should be and are rising again.  English Heritage have stated that “at a time of high global demand for raw materials, thieves are targeting many types of metal, typically lead and copper but also increasingly steel.”  This is a worrying new development and they go on to state that they advise “...that, where circumstances make it appropriate, metal roofs should be protected by alarms.”

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What is a roof security system?

The E-Bound roof alarm system comprises multiple detectors, arranged into a digital radio network and located on the roof of the church in order to detect and deter the moment any unauthorised access is made to a protected area. E-Bound roof alarm systems designed to operate on the basis of rapid detection and to deter before an opportunity for damage has arisen.

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Combating metal theft with a roof security alarm


Case Study: Diosese of Bristol

St. Peter’s serves the two large housing estates of Pinehurst and Penhill. For a number of years, St. Peter’s had been targeted by metal thieves who were taking the lead flashings and lead from the flat roofs.

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Case Studies: Diocese of Manchester

The village of Blackley appears in the Domesday Book and is now part of the Manchester conurbation, just three miles north of the city centre. Built entirely of stone, the church is the area’s only community space.

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Case Study: St Stephen & All Martyrs Church - Oldham

In July 2008, the church of St. Stephen’s and All Martyrs in Oldham was reopened following an extensive restoration.
Thanks to the generosity of many organisations and the hard work of the local congregation, over £350,000 was raised
and the church was brought back into the centre of the community.

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Case Study: Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham img

St. Giles Church has stood for centuries at the centre of the pleasant village of Cropwell Bishop: a Nottinghamshire
village whose claim to fame is its eponymous Stilton cheese. In 2010, the church community was rocked by a
series of lead thefts that continued into 2011, causing a great deal of stress and work for the Churchwardens in

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Case Study: Diocese of Salisbury

A team of thieves has been working around the Dorchester area, stealing lead from roofs, often cutting small areas out of large sheet lead roofs, or just cutting and removing flashings. St Mary’s Church in Puddletown had a spate of attacks mid-summer 2010, striking at the lead valley between the Nave and Aisles.

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Case Study: Diocese of Bradford

Reverend Peter Mott told us: They started over the vestry and worked their way along and up the church roof. The problem was so bad that we replaced the areas of stolen lead with reinforced felt, thinking this would put the thieves off. But they ripped that up as well thinking it was the real thing!

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Case Study: Diocese of Chelmsford img

St. Mary’s Prittlewell, in the Diocese of Chelmsford, holds an unenviable record. It is the church that has suffered the most metal thefts in Essex. Over a period of 18 months before September 2010 it was targeted 14 times. In fact, the losses were so bad that the decision was taken to re-roof the vestry section with Welsh slate instead of lead.

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